PETALING JAYA - Controversial 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)-linked billionaire businessman Low Taek Jho should be called in for questioning as soon as possible, says Cheras Umno division chief Datuk Seri Syed Ali Alhabshee.
The businessman, also known as Jho Low, should be brought before the task force assigned to probe the funds of the Government investment arm, Syed Ali said
"There is one name that keeps popping up when the issue of alleged misappropriation of funds belonging to the state development fund is discussed," Syed Ali wrote on the division website on Thursday. "And that name is Low Taek Jho, a self-styled flamboyant billionaire.
"The rakyat are waiting for answers and so am I.
"In sharp contrast, Jho Low has ticked off Umno Youth and is nonchalantly going about his business.
"Therefore, it is only fair that Jho Low, and everyone privy to the route the funds have travelled, face the anti-corruption commission, police and Attorney-General's Chambers," he added.
Noting the slow investigation into 1MDB, Syed Ali questioned whether Low would be called in at all.
"We cannot tolerate any more delays from the task force. Jho Low should be investigated immediately," he urged, adding that the money allegedly funnelled away was meant for the development of the country and its people.
According to claims by tell-all website Sarawak Report, Low has billions of dollars worth of 1MDB funds via a company he controls.
"Jho Low is right smack in the middle of the 1MDB financial mess," Syed Ali said, quoting Sarawak Report's allegations over the US$1.93 billion (S$2.56 billion) that 1MDB lent to PetroSaudi.
In the April issue of the magazine Euromoney, Low claimed that he had been made a scapegoat in the entire saga and accused critics of blowing up a campaign centred around him.
Umno Youth called for a detailed probe into Low's involvement in 1MDB after the latter called the wing's leaders a bunch of "spinmasters" in the interview.
The Cabinet has ordered an audit of 1MDB, which is said to have built up a debt of nearly RM42 billion (S$16 billion).